All-New Ürümqi Railway Station Opens to Public

Following 42 days of trial operations, the new Ürümqi Railway Station, which is on the Lanzhou-Xinjiang HSR, officially opened to the public on 12 August 2016. (Some time earlier, the “old” Ürümqi Railway Station was renamed Ürumqi South (Ürümqi’nan / Wulumuqi’nan), thus making this the “new” Ürümqi station.)

The new station is truly massive — a construction area of 100,000 square metres doesn’t even begin to tell the story. With construction lasting nearly three years — starting from June 2013 — the new Ürümqi station hub has been built to serve HSR, regular rail, the upcoming Ürümqi Metro, and bus, taxi, and coach services. This easily makes it the largest railway station in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Elements of the Tianshan Mountains and the Silk Road are visible in the design of the new station. The new rail station will serve all CRH HSR trains as well as direct trains to and from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Fuzhou (a total of 76 nationwide long-distance trains, or 38 such pairs of services). This station was built to accommodate upwards of 240,000 travellers.

All other trains will currently continue running from the existing Ürümqi South station.

Please ensure you check your train ticket origin / destination information closely, so you avoid ending up at the wrong station!

By David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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